Race Preview: Téli Börzsöny Trail
January Series 3/3
Date: Sunday 27th January
Distances: 15km (750m ascent) and 29km (1100m ascent)
This is a race for those who like their trail runs to contain hills, and ones so punishingly steep that even a mountain goat might think twice before making any kind of attempt to traverse them.
Helpfully, getting there - if not running the race itself - is very easy from Budapest. The whole northern/eastern bank of the Danube is on a main train-line from Budapest-Nyugati station with trains leaving every 20-30 minutes. In doing so you will enter some of the most beautiful countryside in the whole of Europe, the Danube Bend.
The Danube Bend (Dunakanyar) is an area of Hungary steeped in history. From the heights of this race (and certainly on the journey there) one will be able to see the ancient castle of Fellegvár at Visegrád. A 'town' since 1009 AD, Visegrád was made the royal seat of Hungary in 1325. It was later to host a meeting of the kings of Hungary, Poland and Bohemia in 1335 in resistance to the Habsburgs of Austria who were beginning to find their feet at the time. Now, the castle, broadly in a state of ruin, offers dramatic views from the north/east bank and echoes of the past come down to us today as it is the site of meetings for the more modern Visegrád group of nations.
The race itself is one of wooded mystery and exploration with no repeated loops or meandering-boring switchbacks on the route. If trail runs are your thing, this race is everything you need!
Train: There are regular trains from Budapest-Nyugati. The journey takes around 1 hour. Look for the Z70 and G70 local train services. To get there for 9am in time you will need to catch the 7:06 AM Z70.
Bus: There are no practicable options. :-(